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UPS's that actually work safely?


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#1 printerandink

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:54 PM

Is there any way to get one that WILL work safely? They seem to be one of those things that always gets poor reviews (such as "oh, geez, my room is on fire", or "oh geez, it doesn't even keep my pc on"... etc...).

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 05:37 PM

1. Avoid cheap no name UPS's
2. Avoid cheap brand name UPS's

I use a $100+ APC UPS on my I7 computer and 32" TV (used as the monitor) and when the power blips they stay running.
I have a really old UPS300 that the battery finally wore out on that I've had for years connected to my DVRs. I'm pretty sure I got it in either 1999 or 2000.

I know some local offices running several servers per office and the use the APC UPS's designed for servers. They would no more buy and run a server without a UPS then I'd dive into lake Erie in mid winter wearing only a swimsuit and nobody to save me.

Something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842101166
or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842101459

You get what you pay for. I have a older model hooked up to my two servers and they have kept running through all the power outages so far except the one that lasted for hours.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:28 PM

wow, pricey.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:28 AM

for the home you need to look at two things beyond good brand.

The VA rating
The output in watts rating

The cheaper units may have the same VA rating but a lower output wattage rating.

The two example I gave are for business small server use.

For home use I've always been OK with APC brand.Just get one that can handle the load if the power goes out.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:48 PM

APC is the only brand that I use for UPC's. If it is just a home use then they have cheaper alternatives. Find out the wattage you need (check the power supply in your computer) and get one a little stronger than that. Set your BIOS to stay off after a power outage. What you could do, is go to the APC site, browse their models and find one that suits your purpose. After you find the model you want hunt for the lowest price, I would use the google shopping, its really amazing, then check EBAY, then your local stores. If you find a good price on the internet and an expensive price locally see if they will price match.

I personally don't need my monitor running on UPC power, just a surge protector. The UPC isn't for getting extra time on your computer when the power goes out, its so you can immediately save everything and shut down your computer.




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